Wado Ryu Kata

We have had some questions about the Kata we practice – it is fantastic to see so many students interested in what they are learning. Here are details of the Kata we practice at Roffey Karate Club. Keep an eye on updates here, as there will be more detailed posts about the individual Kata posted. Here is one about the first Kata we learn, Pinan Nidan http://www.roffeykarateclub.co.uk/kata-pinan-nidan/


  • Pinan Nidan
  • Pinan Shodan
  • Pinan Sandan
  • Pinan Yodan
  • Pinan Godan
  • Kushanku (Brown Belt 3rd Kyu) named after a Chinese Official who taught Kempo in Okinawa in the 1700s. The kata was developed from his techniques.
  • Naihanchi (Brown Belt 2nd Kyu) the ‘Iron Horse’, said to mean ‘sideways fighting’ due to the distinctive floor pattern of moving sideways only.
  • Seishan (Brown Belt 2nd Kyu) meaning ‘13’.
  • Chinto (Brown Belt 3rd Kyu) legend says this is named after a sailor who fought one of the original Karate masters in Okinawa. The sailor equally matched the master and so this kata was developed from his skills.
  • Wanshu (1st Dan Black Belt) named after a martial artist in Okinawa called Wang Ji and refers to the distinct throw performed in the kata.
  • Bassai (1st Dan Black Belt) meaning ‘to beat a fortress’
  • Niseishi (2nd Dan) meaning ‘24’.
  • Rohai (2nd Dan) meaning ‘vision of a white heron’
  • Three Temple Kata (3rd Dan)
    • Jion
    • Jitte
    • Ji’in

We also practice additional kata including Suparimpei (meaning ‘one hundred and eight, as it contains 108 fighting moves), as well as other kata from different Karate styles such as Seinchin (a Goju Ryu kata).

If you have any questions, please always ask a Sensei, we are happy and keen to discuss what you are learning!